Participants in Matt Clay Clinic – Axminster April 2016

Participants in Matt Clay Clinic - Axminster April 2016

Chard Swimming Club treated to master class by Commonwealth gold medallist


Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Matthew Clay returned to his roots last weekend to take two master-class sessions for Chard & District Swimming Club at Flamingo Pool, Axminster.


Matt, now 33, started his swimming career as a young Chard schoolboy with the club and went on to win gold in the 50m backstroke event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. After missing out on Olympic selection in 2008, Matt hung up his goggles and focused on his career and family, but his love of swimming is still evident.


Club members aged between 7 and 20 attended two workshops with Matt, one for juniors and one focusing on the senior members, looking specifically at improving starts and turns, both valuable skills in successful competitive swimming. Although many younger members are too young to remember Matt, they were all excited to meet him and be shown the gold medal he won at the Games, and hopefully his visit will continue to be an inspiration to the club’s up and coming young swimmers of today.


Chard Swimming Club are always looking for new members aged 7 and upwards – if you would like more information or to come along for a free trial at one of the training sessions contact them through their